Collection: Short-term catheter care

Cochrane are currently producing and updating a number of Special Collections related to COVID-19. Below, we summarise Cochrane Incontinence reviews related to short-term catheter use. Short-term catheters are often used in ICUs, and are thus relevant to those with COVID-19 who are admitted to hospital.

Types of indwelling urethral catheters for short-term catheterisation in hospitalised adults

Urinary tract infection (UTI) is the most common hospital‐acquired infection. The major associated cause is indwelling urethral catheters. This review assesses the effectiveness of different types of indwelling urethral catheters in reducing the risk of UTI.

Urethral (indwelling or intermittent) or suprapubic routes for short‐term catheterisation in hospitalised adults

Indwelling urethral catheters are often used for bladder drainage in hospital. This review assesses the effects of alternative routes of short-term bladder catheterisation in adults in terms of infection, adverse events, replacement, duration of use and participant satisfaction.

Antibiotic prophylaxis for short-term catheter bladder drainage in adults

This review assesses whether certain antibiotic prophylaxes are better than others in terms of prevention of urinary tract infections, complications and quality of life in short‐term catheterisation in adults.

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